A Taste of Pinellas is a yearly festival of food and fun in Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg benefiting All Children’s Hospital, the only specialty licensed children’s hospital on the west coast of Florida. This family-friendly event features scrumptious samples from some of Pinellas’ top restaurants, live music from artists like Sheryl Crow and The All-American Rejects, a family fun zone and more. From funnel cakes to fireworks, A Taste of Pinellas has lots to offer both kids and kids at heart.
Come to the festival hungry; there is much tasting to be had. A Taste of Pinellas offers mouth-watering meals, snacks and desserts from about thirty of the best local restaurants. To make your experience quick and convenient, the festival uses a ticket system to purchase food items from vendors. One ticket costs one dollar, and you can buy as many tickets as you need. Just a few of the vendors you can expect to find include Bella Brava, Café Gala, Empanada World, Mookie’s Kettle Korn, Old Farmer’s Creamery and the Tampa Bay Cupcake Company. Food prices range from two tickets for a side dish like french fries or broccoli bites to 10 tickets for a full entrée like seafood empanadas or chicken pad thai. Kid-friendly foods like pizza, small corndogs, meatball sliders and chicken tenders will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters, while grown-ups can enjoy more sophisticated tastes like sweet-and-spicy shrimp from Courtside Grille or a Cuban sandwich from Pipo’s Café.
A Taste of Pinellas
701 Bayshore Drive NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Friday, May 4 – 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 – 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 6 – 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
VIP – $150 per day or $300 for whole weekend; General admission – $20 in advance or $25 day-of tickets for Friday and Saturday, $15 in advance or $20 day-of tickets for Sunday, $45 for whole weekend, Children 12 & under – free
Make sure to stop by the below booths for some of the festival’s best eats.
Murray’s Chicago Deli
10525 49th St N
Clearwater, FL 33762
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ranging in price from 3 to 5 tickets, food at Murray’s Chicago Deli will include Chicago hot dogs, chili cheese dogs, french fries, chili cheese fries, Chicago Italian beef hoagies and blackened Cajun chicken hoagies. Established in 1988, Murray’s prepares food with only the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. If you enjoy the samples provided at A Taste of Pinellas, you will enjoy the variety of tastes available on the full menu, including soups, salads, fresh toasted sandwiches and desserts.
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Seasons Cafe and Bakery
7261 US Highway 19 N
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sat – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Seasons will showcase its egg rolls, Vietnamese sandwiches, milk shaved ice, Boba tea, summer rolls and chicken pad thai at the festival. If you enjoy the authentic Vietnamese treats offered at the food festival, consider having a night out at the restaurant and enjoy the exotic flavors of pho (noodle soups) made with chicken, beef or pork, Korean barbecue ribs or spiced papaya salad. Top off your meal with fruity Boba smoothies made with tapioca balls or heavenly Vietnamese iced coffee made with sweetened condensed milk.
Texas Cattle Company
2600 34th St N
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Hours: Mon to Thurs, Sun – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sat – 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
If you’ve got a carnivorous craving, trot on over to the Texas Cattle Company. This booth will be offering oak and citrus grilled chicken and steak, along with Texas fries and sautéed mushrooms. This award-winning restaurant has an extensive menu that includes over a dozen sizzling appetizers, the highest quality grain-fed steaks and a premium wine list. You will also find fresh seafood, lobster tails, crab cakes and grilled chicken and pork accompanied by mouth-watering sides like black pepper parmesan kettle fries and fried green tomatoes.
Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.